Single-Family Rental Licensing
Momentum: The Online Process for Rental Licenses!
All Prince George’s County Rental Licenses, including Multifamily Rental Licenses, are processed in Momentum, the County's online system. The system allows customers to submit applications, upload documentation and make payments online. When the applications have been reviewed and approved, the temporary and permanent licenses are issued and sent in the application’s attachments. Customers will be able to print their licenses at work or at home.
- For more information about Momentum, registration, step-by-step instructions, and "how to" videos, click Momentum Resources.
- To go straight to the application, click Momentum portal.
- For renewals, review the step-by-step "Rental Housing License Renewal Guide" and the How to Renew Your Existing Rental Housing License Guide (PDF).
Rental License Responsibilities in Prince George's County
- All Single-Family and Multifamily Rental Licenses are administered by DPIE's Enforcement Division, except for the following cities/towns which are NOT licensed in our jurisdiction:
Berwyn Heights, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, Town of Laurel and University Park.
- To verify your municipality falls under this exception, look up your property address in the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) Real Property Search link. If the above municipalities/towns are listed under the "Town" column on the SDAT page, you will need to apply with your municipality.
For questions related to single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licenses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single-Family Rental Process
Once an approved application is submitted, a temporary license is issued for 30-90 days so the area inspector can perform an inspection. The inspector will visit the property, either in person and/or virtually, to conduct an exterior inspection and place a hang tag on the front door. If there are no violations and the tenant does not have any concerns within their rental unit, then a license will be issued after 48 hours of the visit.
(Please note: If there are concerns from the tenant, an inspection will be scheduled to view any violations. The owner will be notified of the violations and given (10) days to come into compliance. If he/she does not, then this will start a process of denying the license application and possibly issuing a citation.)
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Single-Family Rental Requirements
To apply for a single-family rental license, it is necessary to submit the following.
Please Note: All Documents must be obtained prior to submitting the application, and all fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. You must verify your municipality falls under our jurisdiction; to do so, look up your property address on the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) Real Property Search link. For your single-family rental license application, you will need to apply with your municipality if the following municipalities/towns are listed under the "Town" column on the SDAT page: Berwyn Heights, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, Town of Laurel and University Park.
- Provide the HUD1 or Deed showing the name of the current owner if different from SDAT.
- HOA Requirements:
- If your property is part of an HOA, provide a letter from the condominium association, cooperative housing corporation or homeowner's association showing unit has “clean hands” and does not have any liens for non-payment of fees, condo fees and the unit does not have any violations of bylaws. Letter must be no older than 3 months.
- If SDAT lists your property as a Townhouse or Condominium and it is not part of an HOA, you must confirm that this property is not part of a HOA. To confirm, attach a brief letter from you stating so.
- If the property is managed by a management company on your behalf, you must submit the following:
- A letter or contract from the property owner authorizing the management company or representative to act on behalf of the owner.
- This document must be accompanied by either the owner’s driver license if the owner is an individual person; or the EIN letter of the company that owns the property.
- All property owners applying for a Single-family Rental License are required to attest and ensure that all life safety devices and measures required by the County Code are up to date, in good working order and will be properly maintained.
- Basements or portions of basements shall not be used for bedrooms or as a habitable space unless authorized by the Enforcement Division of the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement.
You will be required to pay all applicable Prince George's County fees BEFORE your application can be reviewed. Use this link to view the DPIE Fee Schedule.
A single-family rental property must have a valid rental license. Please view the DPIE Fee Schedule for the cost of a Single-Family House/Townhouse Rental License, which is for a 2-year license.
- If the tenant is the landlord's parent, son, daughter, sibling, grandchild, grandparent or in-law.
- If the landlord is an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, Diplomatic Corps or Foreign Service, who maintains the subject property for his/her domicile and permanent residence.
- If the landlord has been relocated for employment or education, maintains the subject property as his/her domicile and permanent residence, and the subject property has not been leased for more than two (2) consecutive years.
STOP: Read the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Rental Requirements
- Residential Rental Property Lead Law Compliance Checklist - MDE (PDF)
- Maryland's Lead Law Fact Sheets 2022 (PDF)
- MDE Title 1 Subtitle 5 Local Government Article (PDF)
- MDE Title 6 Subtitle 8 Environmental Article (PDF)
If a rental property is located where there is a Condominium Association, Cooperative Housing Corporation or Homeowners’ Association, certification must be provided from the appropriate entity that the dwelling unit does not have a lien for non-payment or Common Ownership fees and the dwelling unit does not violate any existing covenants or bylaws.
Lease Agreement Information for Seniors
Per CB-59-2015, Prince George’s County seniors living in specified age-restricted housing have the opportunity to enter into a 24-month lease agreement. Seniors will not incur fees or rent increases for the term of the lease. Landlords are required to provide written notice concerning the 24-month period when entering into a new lease or a renewal lease.
Should you have questions regarding this policy, please call PGC311 at 3-1-1.